Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the US, Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media.

Our program is carried by over 125 radio stations and heard by millions of listeners. It is produced by David Barsamian in Boulder, Colorado.

Alternative Radio is sustained by donations and by your purchases of season subscriptions, recordings and transcripts. You can make a donation, including a recurring amount charged to your credit card each month, from our donations page.

Because Alternative Radio is a syndicated program, we don't have the permissions from them to post their audio files or transcripts. If you go to the Alternative Radio website, you can download their interviews and lectures for a very low price, and help support their work.

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Episode Archive

Alternative Radio on 03/29/11

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Beyond Vietnam

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Beyond Vietnam (lecture)

Every year, almost like clockwork around his birthday, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" gets airplay. The charismatic orator is frozen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963.

No doubt it was a great and historic presentation, profoundly moving and full of dazzling poetry and inspiring images. But he was to give another very significant speech that is often obscured.

Alternative Radio on 03/22/11

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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Indian-controlled Kashmir

Parvaiz Bukhari on "Dateline: Kashmir" (interview)

Host David Barsamian speaks with Parvaiz Bukhari, an independent journalist reporting from Indian-controlled Kashmir. His articles appear in major South Asian newspapers, journals and magazines as well as "The Nation."

Alternative Radio on 03/15/11

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Tue, 03/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Arundhati Roy, celebrated author of “The God of Small Things"

Arundhati Roy: Revolts & Rebellions (interview)

Beyond the hoopla of robust growth rates and hype about the world’s largest democracy, India is beset by major revolts and rebellions over a vast area. Some, like the one in Kashmir, are for independence. Others, like the multiple uprisings in what the media call the “Red Corridor” are for the overthrow of the government. These various movements are in response to serious economic and social problems and the racism of Hindu nationalism. The seizure of land, water, and minerals by corporations chaperoned and sanctioned by the state has caused the poorest of the poor to say: No More. They are pushing back. Washington ignores India’s internal realities.

Alternative Radio on 03/01/11

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Tue, 03/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Hedges - Death of the Liberal Class

Chris Hedges - Death of the Liberal Class (lecture)

Alternative Radio on 02/22/11

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Tue, 02/22/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Solutions: Israel/Palestine Ilan Pappe

We have a schedule change for Alternative Radio today. The previously scheduled talk by Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class" will be heard next Tuesday (March 1st) at 9AM.  We apologize for the error in our schedule.

Today's speaker is Ilan Pappe, professor of history at the University of Exeter. For many years he taught at the University of Haifa and was chair of the Touma Institute for Palestinian and Israeli Studies in Haifa. John Pilger calls him, "Israel's bravest, most principled, most incisive historian." He is the author of many books including "The Modern Middle East," "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine," and "Gaza in Crisis."

Alternative Radio on 02/15/11

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Tue, 02/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Whistleblower Wendell Potter on Whistleblowing: Health Insurance

Wendell Potter - Whistleblowing: Health Insurance (lecture)

Alternative Radio on 02/08/11

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Tue, 02/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Reese Erlich on Terrorism & the Media

Reese Erlich - Terrorism & the Media (lecture)

The use of the word terrorism by politicians and the corporate media is highly refined and selective. September 11 is the event that defines the term. Acts of violence by designated enemies are without exception categorized as terrorism. The perpetrators are labeled as terrorists. But when the U.S. carries out air attacks, invasions, coups, sabotage and blockades those are explained away as necessary actions in response to heinous provocations. So the discussion, such as it is, is about the terrible things done to us not what we do to them. If there is any criticism at all it is about tactics or poor leadership or lack of resources. In all mainstream media reporting the U.S.

Alternative Radio on 02/01/11

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Tue, 02/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Solutions to the Capitalist Ecological Crisis

Chris Williams on "Ecology and Socialism"

Chris Williams is the author of "Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis." Williams says there is still time to save humanity and the planet, but only by building social movements for environmental justice that can demand qualitative changes in our economy, workplaces, and infrastructure.

Chris Williams is a longtime environmental activist, professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University, and chair of the science department at Packer Collegiate Institute.

http://www.ecologyandsocialism.org/

Alternative Radio on 01/25/11

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Amiri Baraka on Resistance & the Arts

Amiri Baraka - Resistance & the Arts (lecture)

From Allen Ginsberg to Kurt Vonnegut and from Bob Dylan to Michael Franti artists have been on the cutting edge. The arts play a pivotal role in society. The great historian Howard Zinn said: “Whenever I become discouraged I lift my spirits by remembering: The artists are on our side! I mean those poets and painters, singers and musicians, novelists and playwrights who speak to the world in a way that is impervious to assault because they wage the battle for justice in a sphere which is unreachable by the dullness of ordinary political discourse. The billionaire mandarins of our culture can show us the horrors of war on a movie screen and pretend they are making an important statement.

Alternative Radio on 01/18/11

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Tue, 01/18/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Roots of the Economic Collapse

Veteran journalist Robert Scheer speaks on "The Roots of the Economic Collapse."

Robert Scheer is the editor in chief of Truthdig. He has spent 30 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country.

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"Alternative Radio" broadcast 04-Aug-09 9-10am Portland

Hello,

I would like to get an MP3 copy of your Alternative Radio broadcast of 04-Aug-09, 9-10am. It is one of the best talks I have ever heard on the progression of our economic system. Is it available?

Thanks,
Steve Brandt

Hi!   Is there a way to

Hi!

 

Is there a way to listen to the show today on "Alternative Radio"?  It was on from 9am-10am Sept. 22, 09.  I was in my car, but was unable to listen to the entire program.

 

Thank you.

 

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